A Wimbledon man has received a suspended sentence and been banned from travelling in shorts after exposing himself on board a train.

Mark Thompson, 48, of Bushey Road, Wimbledon, was on a train from Epsom to London Victoria when he exposed himself to four women.

All five had boarded the train at Epsom.

Thompson was sat across the aisle from the women, who noticed that he had a bag on his lap and was wearing shorts exposing himself on Saturday, April 18.

He was identified from CCTV and arrested on July 21.

Thompson was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months on Tuesday, September 22, at City of London Magistrate’s Court.

He was also banned from travelling in shorts or anything that exposes bare skin below the knee, and told he cannot travel on public transport unless using an Oyster or touch card.

Thompson must also participate in a sex offenders programme, be placed on a sexual harm prevention order and register with Wimbledon police station for seven years.

Detective Constable Andrew Parkinson of the British Transport Police said: “Thompson made the journey for these women extremely uncomfortable.

“I would like to commend the women in this case for telling us about this incident, and encourage others to follow their example.

“The message is clear unwanted sexual behaviour is not acceptable. If you commit an offence, we will do everything in our power to bring you to justice.”

Victims of unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport can report it to the British Transport Police by text on 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.